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April 12, 2011 12:00 ET

Dalhousie University and Enterprise Rent-A-Car Launch Canada's First WeCar Car-Sharing Program for Students, Faculty and Staff

WeCar Enhances Dalhousie University's Sustainability Initiatives, Provides Alternative Transportation Solution

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - April 12, 2011) - WeCar, a car-sharing program by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Dalhousie University have come together to bring faculty, staff and students a cost-effective, convenient and totally automated car-rental program that provides a membership-based, environmentally friendly transportation alternative. The partnership marks WeCar's expansion into Canada with its first Canadian location.

WeCar will offer members access to two models at Dalhousie University: a Chevy Malibu hybrid and a Ford Fiesta. The vehicles will be parked and available at both Sexton and Studley campus locations.

"Car sharing is one transportation demand management strategy that can help to encourage car-pooling," said Rochelle Owen, director of Dalhousie's Office of Sustainability. "It can also reduce vehicles being brought to campus for errands and meetings."

Members have 24-hour access to the vehicles and can reserve them online at any time. The cars can be rented hourly or overnight, allowing members to maintain the benefits of a personal car while only paying for the vehicle when they use it.

WeCar's on-campus program is especially popular with students because it provides an option to financial concerns associated with having a car. It is also a totally automated solution to parking and transportation challenges on campus. For faculty and staff, WeCar car sharing offers a transportation alternative for personal and business use.

"We are thrilled to introduce WeCar's first car-sharing program in Canada with Dalhousie University," Andy Feldman, vice president, general manager of Enterprise in Atlantic Canada. "Because the program helps take cars off the road and the vehicles are hybrids and fuel-efficient vehicles, WeCar will help the university meet its environmental sustainability goals."

"I am excited about the potential opportunity and benefits for the Dalhousie community by reducing daily dependence on use of personal vehicles," says Mike Drane, Dalhousie's director of purchasing. "I am hopeful that people will give serious consideration to this program"

WeCar also operates customized car-sharing programs throughout the United States and England. Enterprise is currently providing WeCar car-sharing programs for corporate campuses, universities and municipal governments in 17 states throughout the U.S.

Dalhousie University Launches WeCar

WeCar's fleet of hybrids and other fuel-efficient vehicles supports Enterprise's commitment to growing the market for alternative fuels and technologies. Interested students, faculty and staff can sign up online now at www.wecar.ca.

About WeCar

Enterprise Rent-A-Car's WeCar car-sharing program provides a totally automated, membership-based and environmentally friendly transportation alternative, whether it is for an hour, a day, a weekend or longer. Enterprise Rent-A-Car launched hourly car rentals in 2005 and local car-sharing in 2007 as a natural extension of its business rental program and longtime focus on customized service in communities. Today, Enterprise Rent-A-Car's WeCar program offers mostly hybrids and fuel-efficient vehicles, delivering car-sharing technology's speed, efficiency and economy nationwide to businesses, universities and government offices looking to enhance their fleet management operations and sustainability initiatives. Convenient and cost-effective, WeCar vehicles are accessible around-the-clock and supported by the extensive Enterprise Rent-A-Car neighbourhood network of more than 6,000 branches, throughout North America.

WeCar car-sharing complements Enterprise Rideshare, which serves both individual vanpool groups and large employer work sites. Together, the two programs help customers reduce traffic congestion, fuel consumption and vehicle emissions. St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings operates WeCar and Enterprise Rent-A-Car with a well-established track record for making "virtual cars" convenient and affordable for those who prefer to "buy for the need and rent for the exception." With annual revenues of $12.6 billion and more than 68,000 employees, Enterprise Holdings operates, through its regional subsidiaries, more than one million cars and trucks. It is the largest car-rental service provider in the world measured by revenue, employees and fleet. For more information about WeCar – part of the most comprehensive service provider in the car-rental industry – visit www.WeCar.ca. For more information about Enterprise Holdings' environmental stewardship and long-term commitment to the sustainability of the car rental and car sharing business, visit www.drivingfutures.com. This news release and other WeCar announcements are available at the Enterprise Holdings press room.

About Dalhousie

Dalhousie University, situated in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is a world-renowned educational institution with a student population of over 16,000. Currently, Dalhousie University has 11 faculties that offer 3,700 courses in 180 areas of study. Since 1818 when the university was established, Dalhousie has been integral in supporting a vibrant and diverse community.

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